The Vancouver Canucks have been embroiled in trade rumours ever since they started the season 0-5-2. Everyone from Brock Boeser, Bo Horvat, J.T. Miller, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland, Tyler Myers, and even Thatcher Demko has been subject to it, and there’s seemingly no end in sight as the team continues to flounder at the bottom of standings. With the trade deadline getting closer by the day and press conferences like the one held by president Jim Rutherford on Monday (Jan. 16) throwing more fuel on the proverbial fire, it seems like only a matter of time before the other shoe drops and a major trade is consummated.
As time goes on, it’s only logical to assume that Horvat will be wearing another jersey at some point. Rutherford basically said as much when he told the media, “I believe we’ve taken our best shot (on Bo Horvat). With the offer we have on the table right now is fair value for what he’s done up to this year…We’re in a pickle here. He’s had a career run and he’s looking for his money.”
One team that has emerged in rumors lately is the high-flying Boston Bruins, who are currently sitting in the Presidents’ Trophy spot with a superb 36-5-4 record. Without Horvat, they’re an elite team, with him, they might be hands-down Stanley Cup favorites. In fact, THW’s Scott Roche believes they should go “all-in” for the Canucks captain and do whatever it takes to get a deal done. With that said though, Rutherford and Patrik Allvin should only consider it if at least two pieces are included. Let’s take a look at them now.
Even though Rutherford stated that he wants to retool and not rebuild, I think a Horvat trade should involve at least one blue-chip prospect. After all, you can’t have long-term success without a few of them, and the Canucks right now arguably only have one – Jonathan Lekkerimaki. Enter Fabian Lysell.
Lysell, who the Canucks should know very well from his days with the Vancouver Giants, is a lightning-fast skater armed with creativity and an NHL-caliber shot. Selected 21st overall by the Bruins in the 2021 Draft, he is now playing for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League (AHL) after a single, very successful campaign in the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he put up 22 goals and 62 points. He also dominated the competition in the playoffs, pushing his underdog team past the high-powered Everett Silvertips and…